Advanced 10th Graders can Sign Up for the PSAT

Attention All Advanced 10th Graders:

If you have completed geometry and are enrolled in Advanced English 10 this school year and would like to take the PSAT scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16, you can sign up in the School Counseling Office (sign up by Monday, Oct. 14). Plan to bring 2 no. 2 pencils and your own graphing calculator–calculators will not be provided. If you opt not to take the PSAT this year, you’ll have the chance to take it as a junior.  See your school counselor if you have any questions.

SAT Prep Class Seats Available

Are you interested in improving your SAT scores? Well, you are in luck because there’s still room in the SAT Prep Course! It’s offered here at CHS starting on November 4, 2013. Stop by the School Counseling office for a registration form and details!



Featuring Engineering and Science Classroom Demonstrations

10000 Germanna Point Drive, V. Earl Dickinson Building, Fredericksburg, VA  22408

Saturday, October 12, 10:00AM – 2:00PM

Details available on our Upcoming Events Calendar at:

Prospective students who register & attend

will be entered into a drawing for a

FREE iPad!

Click below to register and reserve your chance to win!


On Wednesday, October 9th an email will be sent to all registrants with an overview of the activities and speakers for the day.  If for some reason you have difficulty registering, please feel free to contact my office and someone from the Recruiting Team will assist you.  Our contact information is provided below.  We hope you can make it, and look forward to meeting you!

The GCC Recruiting Team

Kimberly Viarella, M.S., College Recruiter   Mobile:  540.229.6645

Helpful Websites

We hope you’ll consider visiting <>, a website filled with information about college admission, college life, career schools, scholarships, and financial aid.
Other helpful websites:
<>, which lists Virginia colleges, community colleges, and career schools.
<>, a list of more than 60 no-cost scholarship search sites.
<>, a list of colleges with comprehensive programs for students with learning disabilities.

SAT Prep Course Offered at CHS

Attention All Students Interested in Increasing Their SAT Scores:

The Fall SAT Prep Course registration forms are now available in the School Counseling office. Here are the details:

Course Information:  The SAT Prep course will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from November 4-December 4, 2013 in preparation for the Saturday, December 7, 2013 SAT. You must commit to attend 7 out of 9 offered sessions and pay a fee of $42.00 ($22.00 is the book purchase price and $20.00 will be refunded to the student at the end of the course if the attendance requirement is met). Checks can be made out to Caroline High School; cash is also accepted.   Turn the bottom portion of the registration form (available in the school counseling office) in to Mr. Ziegler and bring your payment to the first course meeting. Space is limited to 20 students on a first come, first served basis. Dates are listed on the registration form.

College Visits

The following colleges have arranged to visit Caroline High School:

Shenandoah University…………………..September 19 at 12:00 pm

Christopher Newport University…………………October 3rd at 8:00 am

Lynchburg University…………………………October 25th at 11:15 am

Radford University……………………………….October 25th at 2:00 pm

Ferrum College……………………………….October 28th at 9:00 am

Virginia Tech…………………………………..November 15th at 9:00 am

Old Dominion University………………………November 18th at 9:00 am

Locations for each visit are TBA.

Please sign up in the School Counseling Office with Mrs. Beasley. Once you sign up you’ll be notified of the location.

Welcome Back CHS Students!

The CHS School Counseling Dept. welcomes all students back to CHS for the 2013-2014 school year! We have a few announcements as we kick off the new year:

1) We welcomed Mrs. Melissa Hipple, our new School Counseling Director, back in July. She joins us from Warren County where she served as a middle school director for several years. Mrs. Hipple also has high school experience. She has all last names beginning with A-Ch. Welome, Mrs. Hipple!

2) The PSAT, the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, will be given to juniors and advanced sophomores on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Only those students who plan to take the SAT at a later date should take this practice test first. A Junior Class assembly will be held in early October that will provide more details.

3) The last day to drop or add a course is Friday, September 13, 2013.


Progress Reports, May 15
 Academic Awards Banquet
Tuesday, May 21st at 6:30 PM in Cafeteria 1
Students eligible to attend based on cumulative grade point average will receive a letter and invitation by mail. Please RSVP to Mrs. Laura Beasley in the counseling office at 804-633-9886, ext. 25.
Senior Awards Night
Thursday, May 30th at 6:30 PM in the gym
Attendance is not mandatory, however, if your student is being recognized we highly encourage he/she to attend. Your student will receive an invitation in the mail if he/she will be recognized at Senior Awards Night. Students planning to attend must wear graduation robes.
Important Change to AP Score Reporting for Students
AP® Students Will Get Scores Online This Year
Students will receive their AP scores online this July. This convenient new system replaces the old paper score reports, which will no longer be mailed. For more information on accessing your scores online, Click here
Attention all Juniors! 
Applications for the Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center  Practical Nursing Program are now available. Please see Ms. Pielocik in the School Counseling Department for more information.  Applications are due April 22, 2013.
The Tax Night scheduled for this Thursday, April 11th has been canceled.  If you still need to get your taxes done and you make a combined income of $51,000 or less, the link below is a listing of the locations where tax preparations will take place for free.  The Germanna location on Thursday April 11th is the Fredericksburg campus on Route 17 just before you get to Route 1.  We apologize any inconvenience this may have caused. April Tax Locations
Governor McDonnell has declared April as Military Child month.  School divisions are encouraged to  take time in April, and throughout the year, to recognize the service of  military servicemen and servicewomen, their families and their children. Across  the nation, Friday, April 12, 2013, will be the day to “Purple Up! For Military  Kids.” People are being encouraged to wear purple on April 12th to show support  for our military kids and to thank them for their strength and sacrifices. For more  ideas of how to celebrate military children in your school and division, please  visit the “Recognize & Celebrate Military Children” page of the VDOE Web page.

All seniors who are planning to attend Germanna in the fall are expected to attend a New Student Orientation.  At orientation you will receive information to prepare for, select and pay for your classes.  There will also be information about taking your placement tests, veteran’s and other services. Click Flyer for more information


Caroline High School Career Fair will be held all day tomorrow, March 22, 2013

Caroline High School College Fair, April 17, 2013, 2:30-4:30 pm, Gym – There will be approximately 60-70 colleges, universities, and trade schools represented.  Participants just announced!  See Attached Flyer: College Fair Participants


Senator Mark Warner invites high school and middle school students, their parents, and guidance counselors to Academy Day 2013. Attendees will be provided a comprehensive overview of the United States service academies and their admission process. In addition, students will be able to meet with officials from all five service academies as well as representatives from ROTC programs, Virginia Tech, and the Virginia Military Institute.  Representatives from Virginia Congressional offices will be available to answer questions regarding the application procedures for congressional

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Doors open at 9:30 for registration; program begins at 10:00am
Location: The Paramount Theater
215 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Attached, you will find an announcement for our upcoming Medical Futures Program on 6/10/13.  It is an excellent opportunity for high school students interested in attending medical school.  They typically only invite students and parents from Northern Virginia, but they are expanding this year to include Caroline County.  They have a waiting list of over 100 people, but they would like to reserve 10 spots for your students, parents, or counselors who might want to attend. Click here to view the Announcement

Fredericksburg Regional Governor’s School for
Gifted Students 2013 Summer Programs

Click here for more info on Grades 10-11:
Grades 10-11
(Rising 11 & 12)

Click here for more info on Grades 9-11:
Grades 9-11
(Rising 10-12)

Contact Dr. Burruss in the School Counseling Dept., x16 or

Click here to learn more about the 9th Annual Family Affair to be held on Mar. 16, 2013

The annual College Forum sponsored by CGS and University of Mary Washington will be held next Thursday, March 7, 2013.  The event begins at 6 p.m. with a “talk and take” session. A guidance counselor, financial planner, and financial aid advisors will be available to talk about the college planning journey with families.  The College Admissions presentation with university officials from College of William and Mary, UVA, University of Richmond,and UMW will begin at 7 p.m.

College Forum

Progress Reports (Interim Report) will be given to students on Monday March 4, 2013.

Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday March 7, 2013.  Call Mrs. Beasley for more information, 933-9886, x25

There will be a College and Career presentation for all parents especially parents of juniors on Thursday March 7, 2013, 6:30 pm, auditorium

Rappahannock Electric Coop (REC) Youth Tour

 Since 1964, the Washington Youth Tour has been a means for high school students to visit Washington, D.C., interact with their peers from around the country, learn about Cooperatives and meet their Congressmen and Senators.  REC will select 7 juniors for the FREE June 17 – 21, 2012 trip.  Applicants whose parents are members of REC will be given primary consideration for selection.  Additionally, applicants should be high school juniors for the 2011-2012 school year.  The deadline to apply is March 19, 2012. Applications can be downloaded from REC’s Youth Tour webpage at   Applications can also be found in the Scholarship bin located in the School Counseling Department!

Below is a link to the Youth Tour video.  It’s hosted on You Tube.  One of the students featured is a current student.  Please see Ms. Minor if you are interested in attending.

REC Youth Tour Program

If you make less than $51,000, get your taxes done FREE!
Rappahannock United Way host tax sites in the local area and
Caroline High School will host three of these
on Feb 28, 2013 and March 7 & 28, 2013. 

For more information, call 540-373-0041 or 804-633-9886, x14
For more information and what to to bring, click here:
For February locations, click here:

SAT Scheduled for Jan 26, 2013 has been re-scheduled for Saturday Feb 16, 2013

Effective March 2013, College Board is requiring a photo during the SAT or SAT Subject Tests registration process. If you are planning to register for the March, May or June 2013 SAT or SAT Subject Tests, you must plan to upload a picture. Specifics about photo requirements can be found at If you do not have access to a camera, please visit the Career Center.

2013 Super Saturday
(Click link above for more detail)
Event Date: Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Time: 10 am – 2 pm

See Financial Aid Info Page for more information on this exciting event

2013 Financial Aid Workshop,
Thursday January 10, 6 pm, Auditorium


    Financial Aid: Tips and Information for High School Seniors and Families
What should high school seniors and their families be doing now to prepare to pay for college? Join us for an overview of the different types of financial aid and the applications needed to qualify. Learn about available resources that can help you understand now how much a college might cost you. And finally, receive a checklist to help you keep on track. This webinar is for students, families and educators.

Presenter: Myra Baas Smith, Executive Director, FAS Financial Aid Programs, and former director of student aid at Yale University and Smith College

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012
7 p.m. EST
Register now 

Completing the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®: What You Need to Know

Presenter: Julia Padgett, Director, Financial Aid Services, The College Board

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012
7 p.m. ES
Register now 

  Students who wish to take the ACT must submit an acceptable photo as part of their test registration. For the December test, the deadline to upload a photo is Tuesday, December 4 (12 noon Central). If students miss this deadline, their registration will be cancelled and they will not be admitted to the December 2012 test. This policy will be strictly enforced and has been communicated to students, as part of our registration process and in email reminders to those students who have not yet complied.

No action is being requested of you. If your students have questions about providing a photo, you can refer them to our photo submission requirements for more information.

If you have further questions about our test security policies, you can visit

Check out the calendar above for the latest updates and dates for upcoming events. Some highlights are:

**Check out the calendar and other links…they may include information not listed here**

Jan 10  – Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School Info Meeting, 5 pm, Library; Financial Aid Workshop, 6 pm, Auditorium

Jan 15: Coffee with the Principal, 8-8:30 a.m.

Jan 28, 29, & 30 are now school days; Jan 31 & Feb 1 are teacher workdays; Semester 1 ends Jan 30

Virtual College Fair: Students and parents can talk with many colleges and attend seminars on picking a college major or financial aid.

Want to receive text alerts for the latest updates and news?

To sign up for Counseling Dept Notifications:

Text @chsco to (928) 379-6190 or Email 


  • Students are encouraged to ask their teachers about tutoring. Tutoring schedules should be posted on the teacher’s websites or made available in their classrooms.
  • CHS Students, do you need to talk to a counselor about your credits, a class, or have questions about your future? Come check out the Counselor’s Corner during your lunch shift. The School Counselors are available to chat with you. The Counselor’s Corner is located in Cafeteria 1 (Blue Cafeteria) during each lunch shift.

Student Opportunities

Student Opportunities (rising 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th graders)

Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering invites rising high school junior and senior female students to participate in C-Tech2 – Computers and Technology at Virginia Tech from June 30 – July 13, 2013. A primary focus of the program is to help develop and sustain the interests of women in engineering. Participants will spend the majority of their time involved in hands-on activities designed to increase interest in and knowledge of applications of engineering, math, and science to real world situations. The cost of the program is $1000 and includes all housing, meals and activities for the two week program. There are financial need scholarships available. For more information visit our website at:

Rising 7th and 8th grade students are invited to attend a one week non-residential day camp at Virginia Tech. Imagination is a hands-on exploration of engineering led by faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. You can choose which of the two weeks the camp is offered that you would like to attend; July 15 – 19 and July 22 – 26, 2013. The cost of the camp is $125 and includes all activity participation, lunch and snacks. There are financial need scholarships available. For more information about the camp go to our website at;

Rising 7th and 8th grade students are invited to attend OcEaNA (Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture) June 17-21, 2013. The camp is a hands-on engineering program where students will build their own underwater robot and learn about the oceans and ocean exploration. This camp takes place in Hampton, VA. The cost of the program is $100, there are financial scholarships available. For more information go to our website at;